Danny Webb was relieved to score a couple of points after battling a series of injuries during today's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring. The Briton made good progress from 16th on the grid and was running in a points position before starting to feel pain in his shoulder.
Last time out, Webb suffered a broken bone in his shoulder in the warm-up prior to the Italian Grand Prix, and that pain started to return today. The 20 year old subsequently dropped out of the points but was promoted back up to 14th when Adrian Martin and Harry Stafford fell on the last lap.
After a season riddled with difficulties, Webb gladly accepted the good fortune that came his way today.
“I got lucky, gaining places on the last lap when two guys crashed ahead of me”, he admitted. “But it's the first time I've had that luck all year. It was a tough race. Halfway through, my shoulder started hurting badly. That meant I was putting more pressure on my left leg to compensate, and a muscle in my thigh pumped up and I had bad cramp. I struggled to carry on, not wanting to push too hard and maybe crash again and injure my shoulder worse. Now I'm here, in the points, and the results are in black and white. I'll take it.”
Mahindra teammate Marcel Schrotter was eyeing up a points finish at his home Grand Prix but his hopes were dashed by a terrible start which dropped him from 13th to 27th. The 18 year old finished one place outside the points despite a spirited ride which he revealed was hampered by engine problems.
“I got a really bad start, but that was not the real problem. I had quite a good feeling with the bike, and I was able to move forward … but I could have gone faster. For some reason the engine wouldn't rev past 11,000 – it should be 12,500 rpm or more. It meant I lost a lot of power, and it was really difficult to pass anybody. Looking at the top ten times, I am sure I could have been there.”